Survey looks at alcohol management choices

Taylar AmoniniNorth West Telegraph

Community appetite for a range of alcohol management options will be assessed in a survey released by the Town of Port Hedland.

The online survey, which was asked for by councillors at a special council meeting last month, will ask for community opinions around four alcohol management options to reduce alcohol-related crime and antisocial behaviour.

The four alcohol management strategies being surveyed are the section 64 liquor restrictions currently under application by WA Police; a cashless welfare card using the model trialled in Kununurra and Wyndham; a takeaway alcohol management system that restricts the amount of alcohol that can be bought by a person in a 24-hour period; and court-ordered restrictions on alcohol for those found guilty of alcohol-related crimes.

Town of Port Hedland Mayor Camilo Blanco said he was committed to getting the policies and services needed in town to ensure a safe environment.

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“This is a very sensitive issue and we need to make sure our community’s views are heard loud and clear and are passed on to the State and Federal Governments to inform their decisions on alcohol management,” he said.

“None of the options we are surveying will fix the problem alone. I’m also advocating to increase support services such as rehabilitation facilities, diversionary programs and counselling services so we have a holistic solution to this issue.

“I have been meeting with State and Federal Government Ministers and Departments to alert them to the problems we are facing here and we are finally starting to get traction and support to do something about these issues.”

The survey will be open until March 31 and can be found at http://yoursay.porthedland.wa.gov.au/alcohol-management-survey?tool=survey_tool

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